Cardiff Metropolitan University visited the Arab Academy of Science and Technology (AAST) in Egypt to successfully conduct a 5 year review, which occurs for all of the University's Transnational Education (TNE) partners.
The review panel consisted of Julie Piacentini, the Dean of Quality and Standards (Chair), Dr. Ian Mathieson, Director of Teaching and Learning and Deputy Dean of School of Health Sciences (internal reviewer), and Dr. Solomon Papadopoulos, from the University of Hertfordshire (external reviewer). The panellists met with staff, students and senior management in relation to the review.
Julie Piacentini conveyed the importance of the visit to AAST: 'The review was an excellent opportunity for AAST and Cardiff Met to evaluate the quality of the collaborative partnership to date and to articulate how the relationship will continue to mature into the future. Julie Piacentini also noted that: 'The panel was particularly pleased to note the commitment, engagement and enthusiasm demonstrated by members of the teaching teams at AAST.'
The main aim of partnership review is to provide assurance that the collaborative partnership is operating, on the part of both partners, in accordance with the terms of the agreements in place. Cardiff Met is committed to making partnership reviews a consultative, self-critical and genuinely collaborative process.
The partnership with AAST started in 2009 with the approval of an MBA, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and BA (Hons) Marketing at campuses in Cairo and Alexandria. AAST have also recently begun delivering a BA (Hons) Media Management course. Students graduating from Cardiff Met programmes delivered at AAST are awarded two degrees: an Egyptian degree from AAST recognised by the Ministry of Education and Supreme Council of Higher Education, and a British degree from Cardiff Met.
Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) commented on the in-depth relationship that Cardiff Met has with AAST: 'AAST has worked Cardiff Met for many years. They are our partner in a number of EU funded projects; this includes 5 Erasmus Mundus projects and 1 Tempus project, all of which are coordinated by Cardiff Met.'